GDLive Newsfeed
We check in with people at each stage of the cash transfer process to see how things are going. Take a look at some of their stories as they appear here in real-time. Learn more about how recipients opt in to share their stories.
Isayah's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Isayah received a $23 twelfth payment.
"I expect to save more of these transfers to buy building materials i.e cement and sand to plaster my unfinished home. I will be living in my own home and in a beautiful house that can accommodate my growing family."
Geoffrey's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Geoffrey received a $200 initial payment.
"I have always had a dream of starting a business. When I received my first transfer, the money was not enough for me to rent a business premise, pay for a business license and to start up this business. For this reason, I saved 18000 KES from it so that I will add them to my second transfer and use them to start up this business. I do garbage collection work and during December when I received my transfer, most people had gone to their rural homes. Due to this, there was minimal work to do hence I had not managed to pay my house rent. This prompted me to spend part of my transfer in paying my house rent for that month."
Joyce's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Joyce received a $550 initial payment.
"It was around 6 am as I was waking up when I received a message notification. Upon reading its content, I was filled with happiness as it indicated that I had received a lump sum amount of money from GiveDirectly. I whispered a word of prayer to thank God for His blessings upon my family on that beautiful morning."
Eunice's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Eunice received a $46 fourth payment.
"In the past four months, I have been able to pay school fees for my child without a struggle hence my child gets to study well because he is never sent away from school. I also managed to register for a tailoring course as this has been my dream. I also managed to save and bought livestock for rearing for sale later when I experience any financial constraint."
Stephen's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Stephen received a $200 initial payment.
"After the enrollment process with GiveDirectly, I sometimes could not believe that I would get such an amount for free. It was around 8 am as I was still sleeping because I was not feeling well when I received two consecutive messages. I ignored them because I thought they were normal promotional messages from Safaricom. I was so excited when I woke up and realize that one of the messages was from Mpesa indicating that I had received some money. It is at that time that it dawned on me that indeed GiveDirectly never gave us a fake promise. I became so happy and I started celebrating until anyone who saw me at that time could not believe that I was the same person who had been sick."
Gilbert's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Gilbert received a $23 twelfth payment.
"I am very optimistic that in the next six months I would built my own traditional house called 'Simba '.This will be necessitated from the profits I will get out of selling these goats and buy building materials that are needed for the project."
Francis's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Francis received a $471 initial payment.
"The moment I received the money, I felt very excited because I was too broke before this money arrived."
Paul's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Paul received a $471 initial payment.
"The biggest change I have seen in my life is that I have managed to build a house and I'm so grateful because I have been so tired of sleeping in a grass thatched house."
Winnie's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Winnie received a $199 initial payment.
"I was at work on that day and I had left my phone in the house. I don't normally take my phone with me to work because of security reasons. On that particular day, I stayed waiting for work at the place where we usually sit but I was not lucky to get any laundry jobs the whole day. In the evening as I was going back to my house, I met my group member who asked me if I had received the transfers. I did not have my phone and so I rushed to the house to check my phone. I saw the message and I was so happy. I waited for my husband to inform him and we discussed how we would spend the transfers."
Christine's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Christine received a $452 second payment.
"My life is different in that, I have been relieved from the debt burden that I had and have got back my acre of land to was taken by the money lender who gave me money for treating my late husband and the burial expenses, I have also completed the house that my late husband started to build, I couldn't have achieved all these had I not received money from Give Directly."